Real Madrid and Tottenham player ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo scores 7 and Harry Kane gets 6

Andy West 18/10/2017
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Harry Kane was the headline act but Hugo Lloris stole the show as the Frenchman’s stunning save helped earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.

Spurs took a surprise lead at the Santiago Bernabeu through Raphael Varane’s own goal, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to level from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier had fouled Toni Kroos.

From there, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s men had Lloris to thank as the goalkeeper denied Karim Benzema from four yards with his legs, when the striker looked certain to score.

Here are our player ratings…

REAL MADRID

Navas 8: Did well to tip a Kane header over in the first half, and made two simply superb stops in the second period from Kane’s curler and Eriksen’s drive.

Achraf 7: Extremely composed Champions League debut from this precocious teenager. Linked well with Modric and teed up a chance which Ronaldo headed onto the post.

Varane 6: Inadvertantly scored the opener with a deflection into his own goal and occasionally struggled with the England striker’s strength.

Ramos 6: Mostly strong and solid at the back but was occasionally beaten in the air by old international teammate Llorente.

Marcelo 6: Out of position for Tottenham’s goal and didn’t get forward to his usual effect. An unusually quiet outing.

Modric 7: A class above everyone else in the first half. Imperious use of the ball and showed his game-reading skills to regularly win back possession.

Casemiro 6: Not his best game, and perhaps fortunate to avoid conceding a penalty with a lunge on Llorente.

Isco 6: Bright and busy initially, linking his team’s midfield and attack. Had a shot clawed wide by Lloris in the first half, but faded after the break.

Kroos 7: Made a great run to win the penalty for Ronaldo’s equaliser and was classy as ever with his use of the ball in midfield.

Ronaldo 7: Decisively converted his penalty in an intense pursuit of goals which also saw him hit the post with a header and force a couple of saves from Lloris. Always dangerous.

Benzema 4: Poor performance, contributing little to his team’s build-up play and squandering three great chances, dragging a shot wide and missing two headers.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid

SUBS

Asensio 6: Busied himself but couldn’t really get into the game after coming on for Benzema.

Vazquez N/A: A late injection of pace down the right but rarely involved.

TOTTENHAM

Lloris 8: Made some good saves and produced one truly outrageous stop from Benzema, stretching out his leg to somehow repel a close-range header.

Aurier 8: The best outfield player, delivering the cross for his team’s goal, having a shot tipped wide and defending well against Marcelo. Spoiled his night by conceding the penalty with a rash challenge.

Sanchez 7: Quietly assured on the right of Pochettino’s back three. Held his nerve and did the simple things well.

Dier 7: Playing in the middle of a back three and performed with admirable composure, although his use of the ball was sometimes poor.

Alderweireld 7: Former Atletico man was reliable and decisive at the back in a city he knows well, getting in the right place to make clearance after clearance.

Vertonghen 7: Good performance. Solid in the tackle, did well defensively, and saw plenty of the ball in his wing-back role.

Sissoko 6: The game largely passed him by in the opening period but he grew in stature after the break.

Winks 5: Struggled to contain Isco’s movement between the lines and looked a little out of his depth. Sent a curling shot badly off target.

Eriksen 5: Well beaten in his personal duel with Modric. Little impact going forward although he perked up somewhat in the second half.
Llorente 7: Stabbed an early chance wide and beautifully linked the play to create second half chances for Eriksen and Kane.

Kane 6: Some excellent moments, especially when he pressured Varane into an error for the own goal. Denied a goal by Navas’s great save but maybe should have buried it.

Tottenham

Tottenham

SUBS

Rose 6: Came into midfield as Pochettino tightened up for the final stages and did what he was asked to.

Son N/A: On for the final stages with insufficient time to make an impact.

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Luisao vs Romelu Lukaku and other key battles as Manchester United travel to Benfica

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Manchester United play Benfica away in their third Champions League group game this season.

Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking for their third win to maintain their spot at the top of the group.

Here are three key battles to look out for.

JONAS VS CHRIS SMALLING

Brazilian forward Jonas was once described by a local newspaper as the worst striker in the world. He’s come a long way since then, and was even in contention for the European Golden Shoe a year ago.

Chris Smalling stepped in for the injured Eric Bailly on Saturday against Liverpool and acquitted himself well, showing again that United are blessed with depth in central defence. Fellow Englishman Phil Jones picked up a knock late on in that game, which means even more responsibility will be thrust upon Smalling against Benfica.

The United defender will fancy his chances in an aerial duel against Jonas, but Benfica’s forward is adept at holding onto the ball and bringing his teammates into play, which is where the real battle lies.

LUBOMIR FEJSA VS HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

Here’s an incredible stat about Serbian defensive midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa: the Benfica man has won ten consecutive league titles, across three countries. Clearly, he’s the championship whisperer. Perhaps he should be on the radar of a certain North London club…

The 29-year-old is an accomplished ball-winner in the centre of the park, which sets up an intriguing duel with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. United’s playmaker is an elusive runner and excellent passer, and so far this season has been crucial to everything good about his team’s attacks.

He’ll no doubt pose a threat to Fejsa and the rest of the Benfica team, but he’ll also have to be alert to Fejsa’s passing ability and propensity to shoot from long range.

LUISAO VS ROMELU LUKAKU

At 36, Luisao remarkably remains one of Benfica’s best defenders, with the Brazilian having played in every minute of his side’s league and European campaigns this season. He defends in a composed manner, rarely being drawn into rash challenges even though he’s not the best tackler.

Most importantly given his opposition on Wednesday, he’s more than capable of holding his own in an aerial duel. Romelu Lukaku is a tougher challenge than most in that regard, but he won’t have as easy a time of bullying Luisao as he’s used to.

The Belgian’s pace and clever running might give him a slight edge when the ball’s on the ground, and that could make all the difference.

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Can Jupp Heynckes restore Bayern Munich's swagger and other talking points as they host Celtic

Andy Newport 17/10/2017
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Celtic face another daunting challenge when they taken on German giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday night.

Here’s a look at some of the big talking points ahead of the mouth-watering Champions League clash.

WHICH CELTIC TEAM WILL TURN UP THIS TIME?

Against Paris St Germain in their Group B opener, the Scottish champions were left looking like rabbits caught in the headlights as the big-spending French giants ran riot with a merciless 5-0 drubbing.

But last time out against Anderlecht, Celtic were much more more like the classy outfit fans are used to seeing in domestic action under Brendan Rodgers.

However, the Northern Irishman confessed after that 3-0 Brussels win that his side still looked “embarrassed” at times while dominating possession against continental opposition.

Celtic, though, know they cannot afford to be shy when taking on Bayern.

Celtic

INJURY WOES CLEAR JUST IN TIME FOR HOOPS

Rodgers was left sweating last month when skipper Scott Brown, Stuart Armstrong and Jozo Simunovic all suffered knocks which put their participation in this week’s showdown at the Allianz Arena in doubt.

You only have to look at Scotland’s lifeless second-half display against Slovenia last week to see how important midfielders Brown and Armstrong have become to club and country, while defender Simunovic has developed into a dependable operator since moving to Glasgow two years ago.

But the good news for the Celtic boss is that all three have now declared themselves fit to face Bayern in Bavaria. None of the trio were risked against Dundee at the weekend but should slot straight back in on Wednesday.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers

WILL IT BE AWAY-DAY BLUES ONCE MORE FOR THE GREEN HALF OF GLASGOW?

Celtic’s victory over Anderlecht at the Constant Vanden Stock was a rare treat for the Parkhead faithful as they saw their team claim a Champions League win outside of Glasgow for only the second time.

Of their 30 previous clashes played away from Celtic Park in Europe’s top club competition, they had managed just one win – their 2012 victory over Spartak Moscow – and three draws.

However, claiming victory in Munich will be an altogether tougher task. Only two sides have left the Allianz Arena with a Champions League win in the past four years – big guns Manchester City and Real Madrid.

CAN JUPP HEYNCKES RESTORE BAYERN’S SWAGGER?

Carlo Ancelotti’s laid-back approach was not to everyone’s liking during the year and a bit he was in charge at Bayern.

It led to a fractious relationship with his squad and their 3-0 humbling by PSG last month proved to be a humiliation too far for the Munich board, who have now called Heynckes out of retirement in order to see the team through to the end of the campaign.

The 72-year-old called time on his coaching career four years ago after leading the German giants to an historic treble, with Pep Guardiola replacing him in the hotseat.

But his appointment as caretaker boss looks like it has already unified the Bayern ranks if Saturday’s 5-0 romp against Freiburg is anything to go by.

Jupp Heynckes

Jupp Heynckes

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